Welcome to the Rutgers Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School


The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School offers interdisciplinary PhD training in specialties including Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Physiology, Environmental Exposure, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Biomedical Engineering, Toxicology,and Neuroscience.  These graduate training programs are offered jointly with the Graduate School New Brunswick on our Piscataway and New Brunswick campuses.

In addition, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School offers a Masters in Clinical and Translational Sciences, a Masters in Biomedical Science and an MS in Biomedical Sciences. 


Graduate student Leonardo Valdivieso-Torres wrote an article entitled "Science Policy: Why Minority Science Students Should Care about Science Policy".  He and fellow graduate student Victoria DiBona spend a day on Capitol Hill through ASBMB to learn about lobbying for science.  Click here to read the article. Great job Leonardo and Vicky!



Upcoming Rutgers iJOBS activitiesYou must pre-register to attend


  • February 10 from 4:30-6:00pm: Career Panel on Clinical Diagnostics.  Ryma Benayed, PhD, an alum from our program now at Sloan Kettering, Homer Adams from Janssen, and Mary Carayannopoulos, PhD from CINJ will talk about clinical testing with a focus on biomarker discovery in oncology.
  • February 18 from 3:00-5:00pm: Site visit to the Commercialization Center for Innovative Technologies (CCIT) which is a biotech incubator in North Brunswick.  We will hear from scientists who are starting up their own biotech companies and tour the facility. 

To navigate to the Rutgers iJOBS website and register, click here


To view the presentation from the iJOBS informational forums, click here

To view past events from iJOBS career panels with tips on how to make yourself marketable for jobs, click here



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Upcoming Events

  • For upcoming seminars on campus, click here.
  • For all events including career training and iJOBS activities as well as seminars and thesis defenses please visit our Google calendar.


  • Publications:
    Christiaan de Vries is first author on a paper in Cancer Gene Therapy in January 2015 "The addition of recombinant vaccinia HER2/neu to oncolytic vaccinia-GMCSF given into the tumor microenvironment overcomes the MDSC-medicated immune escape and systemic anergy."

    Renea Faulknar is first author on a paper in Biochem Biophys Res Commun published in January 2015 "Mesenchymal stromal cells reverse hypoxia-mediated suppression of alpha-smooth muscle actin expression in human dermal fibroblasts".
  • Awards

    Congratulations! Matthew Kraushar, Phil Tedeschi and Qian Wu have each received the inaugural Shatkin Awards for excellence in research.  Each graduate student will receive $1500 to supplement the graduate stipend and $1500 for educational purposes.

    The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (PI Millonig) and Rutgers School of Engineering (PI Yarmush) are excited to announce that we have been awarded a 5 year NIH Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) grantClick here to read press release. Click here to see more about recent iJOBS events.

    Rutgers has been ranked 33rd worldwide of 1000 top universities and 24th of 229 top US universities by the Center for World University Rankings

    Eva Rubio-Marrero

    in Davide Comeletti's lab was selected to go to: Scientist Mentoring & Diversity Program for Biotechnology (SMDP Biotech)

    Daniel Sharp received the Steven A. Cox Scholarship in Cancer Research at Rutgers University

    Sam Kogan received
    Eastern Vascular Society Student Award for "Surgical Treatment of a Pancreaticoduodenal Arcade Aneurysm in the Setting of Chronic Total Occlusion of the Celiac Trunk"
  • Grants
    Heather McGowan
    received a F31 fellowship from the NIH in May 2014 "Synaptic function of Chromosome 21-encoded miRNAs" 
    Victoria DiBona received a Graduate Student Fellowship in April 2014 from the New Jersey Commission for Brain Injury Research "Modulating neuroinflammation for treatment of TBI".
  • PhD Alumni News:
    Recent Graduates
    William Schneider, PhD, postdoc at Rockefeller
    Eric Joyce, PhD, postdoc at Harvard
    Arjun Sasikumar, PhD, postdoc at UC Berkeley
    Leia Miller, PhD, postdoc at the NIH
    Previous graduates
    Norell Hadzimichalis, PhD, Tech Transfer Expert, Outside-Innovation Associate
    Jean Honeywell, PhD, Clinical Research Coordinator, Alchera Bio LLC
    Patricia Irizzarry-Barreto, PhD, Program Coordinator, Rutgers Science Explorer Bus; Assoc. Director, Geology Museum
    Mary Lynn Mercado, PhD, Senior Medical Writing Scientist, Janssen Research & Development
    Monica Mody, PhD, Director, Medical Information, Oncology, US Medical Affairs, Bristol-Myers Squibb
    Harry Du, PhD, JD, Patent Attorney, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
    Nancy Vranich, PhD, VP/Medical Director Medical & Scientific Affairs, AgencyRX LLC
  • Alumni Data from LinkedIn
    54% pharmaceutical companies/business, 22% current postdocs, 13% in academic faculty positions, 5% government/policy, 3% science writing, 3% patent law/tech transfer
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